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Vol. 101 No. 154 Friday, December 24, 2010

50 Plus tax

Local residents had
good view of lunar
eclipse ... Page 2
Defiant message left
on existing chamber
sign ... Page 3

Parks and Rec Dept.
honors fall softball
champs ... Page 12

Lake Levels

12.55 feet
Last Year: 13.63 feet
* onsredBy:

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth given
in feet above sea level
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Special to the Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Christian Church
presented 'Journey to Bethlehem"
on the church grounds off Charles
Harvey Highway last weekend. Vis-
itors walked through a recreation
of the town where Jesus Christ
was born. Above, angels tell shep-
herds about the birth of Jesus. At
right, visitors watch the story of Je-
sus unfold. For more on the story,
see page 10.

Sweep nets

coke, pot,

stolen gun
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
It's cold outside and the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) is turning
up the heat-not in their offices but on the
Tuesday night, Dec. 21, the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force, OCSO road patrol
deputies, the Special Response Team and
the Street Crimes Unit conducted a drug
sweep on N.E. 13thAve. in the Douglas Park
During that sweep they were able to
seize crack cocaine and marijuana, and
a gun that had reportedly been taken in a
home burglary.
See DRUGS Page 5

New chamber

plans to serve

larger area
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Area Chamber of
Commerce, one of the three Okeechobee
chambers now in existence, has a differ-
ent emphasis from the other two. The older
Okeechobee County Chamber of Com-
merce and the newly formed Chamber of
Commerce of Okeechobee County, which
is closely aligned with the Okeechobee
County Business Development Board, pro-
mote business and tourism in the county.
The Okeechobee Area Chamber of Com-
merce is dedicated to serving the larger area
See CHAMBER Page 5

Okeechobee News December 24, 2010

Special to the Okeechobee News

3:42 a.m. and again at 4:42 a.m. Pet Of the Week
Dec. 21, with a Panasonic/Lumix
C-FZ30 ordinary digital camera. BB Raxie is a one year old Anatolian
ording to the photographer, "Ori- Shepherd mix. He would love to have
s belt and sword blazing amid this a "forever family" for Christmas. He
ck backyard vista were almost as is one of the many dogs available for
king as the shifting moonscape." adoption at the Okeechobee Humane
next lunar eclipse will occur in Society/Pet Rescue, on U.S. Highway
4, but the next lunar eclipse to 98, next to the Livestock Market. The
icide with the first day of winter, adoption fee is $135 and includes
Winter Solstice, won't occur until neuter, and vaccinations. Call 863-
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Lunar eclipse
These photos of the lunar eclipse
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Special to the Okeechobee News/Teresa Chandler

Teen Dance Party!
Teresa Chandler organized a teen dance on Dec. 18, 2010 at the Freshman
Campus. 96 Students attended and enjoyed the fun! "DJ" Scott Nelson
and family provided music and lights. Proceeds are being donated to the
Okeechobee YMCA project and a contribution to "Toys for Tots/Okeechobee."
Thank you to the following for their continued support; M&M Auto Brokers,
Okeechobee County School Board, Ding-A-Ling Deli, Dominos, Dr. Wemmer,
Gordon & Doner, UPS Store, Okeechobee City Police, Sheriff's Dept., DP
Productions, East Coast Signs & Shirts, WOKC, Okeechobee News and the
many volunteers who helped make it happen!

Okeechobee News

December 24, 2010

December 24, 2010 Okeechobee News

New beacon installed at airport

FAA pays for 95 percent

of the $78,600 expense
Due to the age of the beacon at the
Okeechobee County Airport, and the un-
availability of parts to repair it, the beacon
has been replaced. The recent installation of
a new beacon was made possible through
grant funding from the Federal Aviation Ad-
ministration (FAA), the Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT) and Okeechobee
The project included a new energy effi-
cient beacon on an 80 foot mounting pole,
clearing of the site, mounting platform, erec-
tion of the tower, installation of obstruction
lighting, lightning protection, all incidentals
necessary to place the beacon in operating
condition and security fencing.
Relocating the beacon will allow for ex-
pansion of parking in the terminal area and
conform to the Airport Master Construc-
tion Plans. After bids were received, the
Okeechobee County Board of Commission-
ers awarded the project to Itran Partners,
Inc., from Naples, Fla. in the amount of
$78,600. Funding was provided by FAA (95
percent), FDOT (2.5 percent) and Okeecho-
bee County (2.5 percent).
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tion, will provide an expected service life of Contractors use a large crane to hoist the new airport beacon into place.
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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County Chamber of
Commerce, the oldest of the three Okeecho-
bee chambers, has tax problems. Since that
organization appears to be inactive, it re-
mains to be seen how the problems will be
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has
tax liens totalling $105,467.50 against the
Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce
for various unpaid federal payroll taxes from
2001 through 2009, interest, penalties and
fees. The liens were filed April 29, 2010 and
Oct. 13, 2010.
At the Dec. 7 city council meeting, city
attorney John Cook expressed the opinion
that as long as the organization is still intact
and has not been dissolved, individual mem-
bers would be immune from IRS action.
The opposite opinion was expressed by
Guy Whitesman, Board Certified Tax Attor-
ney with the Fort Myers firm of Henderson,
Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.
Speaking in general terms, Mr. Whites-
man said in an e-mail to the Okeechobee
News: "The amount which reduces the em-
ployee's paycheck is often referred to as the
Trust Fund amount as this was the employ-
ee's money. While the entity is responsible
to the IRS for both the Trust Fund and the
amount the employer was to pay in, as to
the Trust Fund, the IRS may seek to collect

from Responsible Persons within the organi-
zation, a penalty of 100 percent of the Trust
Fund amount not paid over to the IRS by the
employer organization. These Responsible
Persons are typically those in control of the
organization or in control of its finances.
Thus officers and directors are often as-
sessed this penalty as are persons making
decisions on which bills to pay. While the
failure to pay must be willful, it does need
that there has to be a bad motive or evil
intent, it may be that gross negligence will
suffice. Dissolving the entity does not in and
of itself shield Responsible Persons from the
Trust Fund Recovery Penalty."
To further complicate matters, according
to City Administrator Brian Whitehall, the
IRS official the chamber has been dealing
with will retire at the end of this year.
In addition, the Florida Department of
Revenue filed a tax lien against the chamber
on Feb. 5, 2009 for $1,745.14. It is uncertain
if the same collection principles would apply
to the state tax lien.
On Dec. 21, Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce president Matthew Buxton said
he has resigned from the chamber. Mr. Bux-
ton was not president of the chamber during
the time the tax problems were taking place.
He said he tried to do his best to help the
chamber and the community, but was frus-
trated by the lack of cooperation from other
officers and members. Unlike other former
chamber board members who did not re-

turn phone calls from the newspaper, he has
been forthright in returning telephone calls.
He said he has been acting in good faith to
try to resolve chamber issues.
Mr. Buxton disavowed any knowledge of
the defiant message that was posted on the
chamber marquee on Dec. 21: "HELL NO
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum
at Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This defiant message was seen on the
Chamber of Commerce marquee on
Tuesday, Dec. 20. It is not known who
is responsible. Former chamber presi-
dent Matthew Buxton said he did not
post the message and does not know
who did.

December 24, 2010

Okeechobee News

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Public Forum/Speak Out

Letters to the Editor

Speak Out has moved online, where
it is quicker and easier to share your
ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the com-
munity name and your local or state
Public Forum. There, you can create
new topics or comment on existing
topics. What follows is a sampling of
some of the discussions currently tak-
ing place. Thanks for participating!

Funniest t-shirt or bumper
sticker you have seen
What do you call people who are afraid
of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic.
Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit
people once a year.
Christmas is just like a day at the office.
You do all the work and the fat guy with the
suit gets all the credit.
You know you're getting old, when
Santa starts looking younger.
Of course Santa is jolly he knows
where all the bad girls live.
Christmas is a time when kids tell Santa
what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits
are when adults tell the government what
they want and their kids pay for it.

How can it happen?
Just a few short months ago, the bud-
get had a shortfall and the sheriff was talking
about going to Tallahassee. Government ser-
vices were in jeopardy. Cuts were made ev-
erywhere, including pay. Today I see school
employees just got their pay increase. A few
weeks ago, county employees had their pay
cut restored. I just got a letter from the gov-
ernment saying there has been no inflation
and I will not get an increase. How can this
be? Food prices have gone up. Gas has gone
up. Utility companies increased their rates.
How can the government say they are broke
today and tomorrow they can give the pay
cuts back?
My home lost $65,000 in value but my
property taxes went up $300.
OUA raised the rates on the customers
because a developer backed out of the fees
he was supposed to pay. They are punish-
ing the customers for the OUA board's bad
judgement. They went into debt to expand
the water system in order to provide future
water for a development. Now the devel-
opment fell through. They should have re-
quired payment up front from the developer
before they agreed to expand the water and
sewer capacity.

Who makes All Star team?
The selection process would have to
exclude board members and be a blind bal-
lot, due to pressure to place certain players
(those with influential parents) on an all-star
team. The post-season play could be de-
cided prior to the start of the season and be
within reason financially. There is a landslide
of talent in the state to challenge our best
players at a modest cost. The opponents
used to all be within a two-hour drive and
many were within an hour drive. There can
be several different opponents, if scheduled
in advance. With our central location, the
possibility of hosting an annual post season
tournament might be given consideration.
Most of the league money should be put into
instruction and equipment, rather than on a
single long distance trip. Offer pre-season
clinics to the coaches and players. All coach-
es attendance should be mandatory, short of
a verifiable excused absence.

Lake level
I read in a recent issue of Okeechobee
News that the Army Corps of Engineers is
"continuing water releases" lasting from
Dec. 10-17 to "help push back saltwater in-
trusion." Yet on the front page of the paper
on Dec. 12, the lake level was listed at 12.69
feet compared to last year's 13.66 feet and
right next to that was an article by Pete Gaw-
da with a quote from Col. Alfred Pantano,
USACOE, stating, "We're in a pretty serious
situation with the lake at 12.69 feet. We're
predicting a pretty serious drought." Will
we once again suffer this summer through
drought and severe water restrictions? What
will happen when the lake gets down to less
than 10 feet again? Such mixed messages
from the Corps makes me wonder whether
the right hand knows what the left hand is
doing. Is this one of those instances where
the agency is creating it's own emergency?
What about those that live and work on the
lake? What about the industries that are di-
rectly dependent upon the lake's health?
We can tell almost immediately when
they are draining the lake. Our land is ap-
proximately 3 miles north of the lake and
our pasture pond holds water year round,
providing they leave the lake alone. We no-
ticed about a week ago that the pond had
dropped, almost overnight it seemed, better
than a foot-n-half.

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'Shop with a Cop' a success
The Okeechobee Fraternal Order of Po-
lice, Lodge 69 is proud to announce the suc-
cess of our second annual "Shop with a Cop"
event. The Shop with a Cop event was cre-
ated to provide a Christmas experience for
in-need children who, because of financial
troubles, would not experience Christmas or
receive gifts this year. As an added benefit,
the event also creates a positive interaction
between the children and local law enforce-
ment. Each child received a shopping spree
(up to $100.00) at the Okeechobee Super
Wal-Mart and also had a uniformed officer
from the Lodge assisting them in the shop-
ping experience.
Okeechobee FOP is proud of the fact
that all monies raised go directly back into
our local community. This year, thanks to
our generous community and hard working
membership, we took 67 "in need" children
Christmas shopping. The event was held at
the Okeechobee Super Wal-Mart on Satur-
day December 18, 2010. The Okeechobee
FOP would like to thank the management
of Wal-Mart for their overwhelming support
of this event.
The Okeechobee FOP would like to
thank all the sponsors who made this event
Sheriff Paul May, Major Noel Stephen,
Wal-Mart, Blue Heron Golf Club, JMC
Landscape, Triple E Equipment, Billy Mar-
cum- Nationwide Insurance, Optimum
Services- Dan Eastman, American Roofing,
A2Z Liquors, Shockley Electric, Agriturf, All
Around Bail Bonds, Barneys Barber Shop,
Ben Sims Investments, BH Tucker Real Es-
tate, Big Mikes Sports Bar, Big 0 Drive Thru,
BMJ Towing, Close Construction, Colby
Construction, Cooling Refrigeration Service,
Country Corner Liquor, Cowboys Restau-
rant, Devon Maxwell, P.A., Dr. Moeshing,
DDS, Eagle Bay Airboats, Eli's Western Wear,
Elite Professional Services, Ernest Electri-
cal Co., Ferrell Market, Fitness and Aquatic
Center, Fitness Factory, Folbrecht Family, G
& M Racing, Glades Electric, Golden Corral,
Hammerheads, Higgins Garage Door, Iron
Eagle Bar, J & S Fish Camp, Jersey Mikes,
Jim Davis Electric, John's Towing, Kilpat-
rick Farms, KST Construction, Law Office
of William Wallace, Lehman's Auto Body,
Lunkers, Merico Construction, Mike Hill
Trucking, Mike's Okeechobee Guns, Mom's
Kitchen, Okeechobee Dodge Chrysler
Jeep, Okeechobee Golf and Country Club,

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of Police Lodge #69
Detective Rosemary Farless, of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office,
playfully hugs a child at the second an-
nual Shop with a Cop event sponsored
by the Okeechobee Fraternal Order of
Police Lodge #69.

Okeechobee Livestock Market, Okeecho-
bee Police Department Auxiliary, Platt Chi-
ropractic, Porters Dry Cleaning, Raulerson
Hospital, Ritchie Brother Auction, Seacoast
National Bank, Selina's Liquor, Shenanigans,
Sims & Younger CPA, St. Lucie Battery and
Tire, Stitchin Post, Terry Burroughs, Bryant
Culpepper, The Alarm Companym The Gun
Shop, The New Y Drive Thru, The Oil Can,
The Speckled Perch, Treasure Island Shell,
Tree Locators, Triton Biohazard Clean-up,
Uncle Larry's Rim Ditch Caf6, Williamson
Cattle Company and Zibeco.
Michael Hazellief,
Lodge President

Real Life Children's Ranch
planning last sales for '10
For the last two weeks of 2010, Real
Life Children's Ranch yard sale will be
open Tuesday Friday from 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. Starting in 2011, the yard sale will be
open Wednesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 2
p.m. Real Life Children's Ranch is on U.S.
Highway 441 S.E.

* To report the news with honesty, accuracy,
purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity,
fearlessness and compassion.
* To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate itwith our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or
potential conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
* To provide a right to reply to those we write about.
* To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.
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December 24, 2010 Okeechobee News

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Fifteen years' service
At the Tuesday, Dec. 14, meeting of the Okeechobee Utility Authority Board
of Directors chairman Frank Irby (left) honored Jess Manson (right) mainte-
nance supervisor for 15 years service to the utility.

Want to go back to school?
Workforce Solutions of Okeechobee, 209 SW Park St., may be able to help pay for
training toward a new career or to complete a degree. For more information, visit their
web site at:, or call 863-462-5350.

Do your employees need training?
Workforce Solutions of Okeechobee, 209 SW Park St., may be able to assist in helping
to offset some of the costs even if you train them internally. For more information, visit
their web site at, or call 863-462-5350.

Continued From Page 1

from the southern part of Osceola County
southward to the east and west sides of Lake
The Okeechobee Area Chamber of Com-
merce was incorporated on Nov. 22 with Mi-
chelle Harper as president, Bertha Kinchen
as vice president and Ray Worley as trea-
surer. Many people first became aware of
this chamber as the result of the Dec. 7 city
council meeting when Ms. Harper presented
the articles of incorporation to the council.
Upon questioning she stated that her organi-
zation would like to use the use the current
chamber building, but it was not essential
for their operation.
Mr. Worley said there are many issues af-
fecting this entire area that the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce never ad-
"Running for the Florida House of Rep-
resentatives really opened my eyes to the
problems of the area," stated Mr. Worley.

His concerns are developing tourism,
education, and small business development.
His organization is interested in all areas of
economic development, especially medical.
"I look forward to working with any and
all chambers," Mr. Worley said.
The officers of the Okeechobee Area
Chamber of Commerce are currently work-
ing on a draft of bylaws and Mr. Worley said
he is planning on holding an election for
board members at the end of January. He
intends to seek accreditation by the state
and national chamber of commerce organi-
Mr. Worley, who claims he was tres-
passed from the Okeechobee County Cham-
ber of Commerce property in June of 2009
because he wanted to see the books, stated
that the books of his organization would be
open to nonmembers as well as members.
He is hoping for donations from nonmem-
bers and he feels they should be able to see
how their money is used.
Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter Pete Gawda can
be reached at

Continued From Page 1

Members of the Street Crimes Unit also
arrested Walnard Fortner, 19, N.E. 14th Ave.,
during the sweep. He was charged with pos-
session of marijuana with
intent to sell, and booked
into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond
of $2,500.
A check of jail records
Wednesday afternoon in-
dicated that Fortner had
been released on bond.
The drug sweep was Walnard
staged as a follow up to Fortner
the Friday, Dec. 17, re-
verse sting that netted five felony drug ar-
rests in Douglas Park when undercover of-
ficers posed as street level drug dealers and
sold crack cocaine and marijuana.
Sheriff Paul May said he was happy with
the results of the sweep and that more will
be coming.
"These operations will continue on a
regular basis," he said Wednesday morning.
"Last night we made one arrest; recovered
some marijuana and cocaine that will not be
sold on the street; and, recovered a stolen
gun that will not be used in a shooting or
crime. Why should we stop these types of
When contacted, a task force detective
said they recovered about 2 grams of co-
caine and a small amount of marijuana that
had been discarded by suspected dealers.
"When we show up, they see us, throw
it down on the ground and run," said the
detective. "We weren't able to witness who


Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near
70. North wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around
45. Calm wind becoming north northeast
around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
Christmas Day: Mostly sunny, with a
high near 74. Calm wind becoming south
southwest around 5 mph.
Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of
showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around
50. South southwest wind around 5 mph.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of show-
ers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. West
wind between 5 and 15 mph, with gusts as
high as 20 mph.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 33. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Florida Lottery Here are the num-
bers selected Tuesday in the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3: 9-9-1; Play 4: 5-1-5-2; Fantasy 5:
17-22-23-35-36; Mega Money: 14-15-37-42
MB 18; Florida Lotto: 6-8-15-36-40-47 X 4;
Powerball: 4-11-19-33-43 PB 14 x4. Num-
bers drawn Wednesday, Cash 3: 0-7-3;
Play 4: 6-1-4-6.

abandoned the property. We'll try to get fin-
gerprints off the packages."
According to the detective, they had no
prior intelligence on who was selling drugs
in the area.
Like the others, when Fortner saw the
large number of law enforcement officers
converge on the area around 9 p.m., he
ran. He was found a short time later hiding
in a wooded area by members of the Street
Crimes Unit.
An arrest report stated that when Fortner
was found he was in possession of a clear
plastic baggie, and inside that baggie were
five smaller baggies that contained a green
leafy substance. When field tested, that sub-
stance indicated a positive result for the pres-
ence of marijuana, continued the report.
The suspected pot weighed 5.8 grams,
the report added.
Fortner, continued the report, was also in
possession of $88 in cash. The cash was en-
tered into evidence.
Another OCSO report indicated that the
.40 caliber Glock handgun seized Wednes-
day night was stolen during a Sept. 3 bur-
glary of a home in the northwest section
of Okeechobee County. That case is being
handled by OCSO Detective Rick Durfee.
In last Friday's operation, five local peo-
ple were arrested after they reportedly pur-
chased either crack cocaine or marijuana
from undercover officers. While five vehicles
were seized by law enforcement, it has yet
to be determined if the sheriff's office will
keep any or all of the vehicles.
"We will continue these undercover sting
operations, periodically, until drug sales stop
in our neighborhoods," vowed Sheriff May.


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Okeechobee News December 24, 2010

Community Events

Holiday Happenings

Martha's Closet having huge
clothing sale until Christmas
Martha's Closet is having a huge sale go-
ing on now until Christmas! Everything is
marked down. Dresses for $1! Men's cloth-
ing for $1! Women's blouses for 50 cents.
Located at 105 S.W 2nd Ave. Right next to
the Tobacco Shop. Hours are 10 4 p.m.,
Monday Saturday.

Lodge to hold
Sunday breakfast
The Masonic Lodge, at 107 N.W 5th Ave.
will hold a breakfast on Sunday, Dec. 26,
from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., for $6. Eggs, bacon,
sausage, grits, pancakes, biscuits & gravy,
juice and coffee will be served. Public is
welcome and carry outs are available. The
Lodge holds their breakfast every second
and fourth Sunday of the month.


Obituaries should be submitted to
the Okeechobee News by e- mailing Customers may also
request photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is available at
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Ethel Marie Wright, 85
OKEECHOBEE Ethel Marie Wright, age 85,
of ( 'I... iI i, ,, died Dec. 21, 2010, at her resi-
She was born July 8, 1925, in Rogersville,
Tenn., to William and Velvia Tignor.
She loved to paint, draw, crochet and enjoyed
cooking. She was of the Jehovah's Witness
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Willis Gordon Wright; grandson, James Brown;
and sisters, Bobbie Martin and Mildred Blizzard.
She is survived by her husband, Willis Gordon
Wright; daughter, Linda Hamilton of Okeecho-
bee; son, John Melvin of Maryland; sister, Juani-
ta Warren of Pennsylvania; brothers, Hubert
Tignor, Less Tignor, William Tignor all of Mary-
land; grandchildren, Lisa Fulford of Okeecho-
bee, Joe Brown of Fort Pierce, Neta Haulsee of
Massachusetts; five great-grandchildren and four
A memorial service will be 11 a.m., Saturday,
Dec. 25, 2010, in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's
Witness, Highway 70 West, Okeechobee.
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida

Leanne Osceola French, 29
TROY, Ohio Leanne Osceola French, age
29, died Mon., Dec. 20, 2010, in Troy, Ohio.
She was a native and resident of Okeechobee
for 21 years just recently relocating to Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, John French;
sons, Donovan Osceola, Landon French, Logan
French; daughters, Keira French, Shaela French,
and Janaya French, all of Troy, Ohio; parents,
Larry and Joanne Jones Osceola; sisters, Nicki
Osceola, Trista Osceola; grandmothers, Shule
Jones, Louise Cypress, all of Brighton; and a
host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be held graveside Thurs., Dec. 23,
at Ortona Cemetery at 10 a.m.
All arrangements are under the care and direc-
tion of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Sea-
winds Funeral Home & Crematory, 4550 Hwy.
441 N., Okeechobee, FL 34972.

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Crystal Aline LaFortune, 68
OKEECHOBEE Crystal Aline LaFortune, age
68, of ('I.. i-, ,i ,,,, passed away Dec. 20, 2010,
at her home.
She was born May 31, 1942, in Cullman, Ala.
to Albert and Lucie Caroline Merring. She came
to Okeechobee from Folkston, Ga., in 1991. She
was a homemaker and member of the V.F.W
of ( i '., - 1i I I .
Mrs. LaFortune was preceded in death by her
husband, Raymond LaFortune. She is survived
by her sons, Robert L. McDonald of El Paso,
Texas, and Jeffrey L. McDonald of Ft. Myers;
daughter, Carolyn Hoak of Lehigh Acres; seven
grandchildren; four sisters, Margie Smith, Ruby
Elrod, Marynette Brantley and Doris Cook; and
her brother, Gary Merring.
Burial of cremains will be 11 a.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 28, 2010, at Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the .,-1. -il .....i. at www.bas-
All arrangements are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass ('i., i ..I Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 NE 2nd ST, ....i,,,ii,, Fl
Alice M. Cover, 73
OKEECHOBEE Alice M. Cover, age 73, died
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Lawnwood Regional
Medical Center in Ft. Pierce.
Being born in Alliance, Ohio, she lived there
until relocating to
Okeechobee in
1974, after a short
stay in South Flori-
She was a member
of Middle Sandy
United Presbyterian
Church in Home-
worth, Ohio, and
also was a member
of the Order of East-
ern Star where she
had held every office
including Worthy Matron. She remained active
in the Eastern Star after moving to Okeechobee.
Survivors include her husband, L. Lynn Cover;
son, Mark A. Cover of Ft. Lauderdale; daughter,
Kathy (David) Harris of Okeechobee; three
grandchildren, Kaitlin, Judson, and Carson; and
a brother, Michael (Vicki) Johnson of Texas.
There are no services planned at this time.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memori-
al donations be made to Hospice of Okeecho-
bee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
All arrangements are under the care of Mat-
thew and Paul Buxton of Buxton- Seawinds Fu-
neral Home & Crematory, 4550 Hwy. 441 N.,
Okeechobee, FL.

Christmas Eve Dance Party
American Legion Post 64 will host a
Christmas Eve Party on Friday from 1 until
5 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and
dance music will be provided by Michael.
The Post will close at 6 p.m. and will be
closed Christmas Day.

Shrine has New Year's Eve Party
Spend your New Year's Eve with the
Okeechobee Shriner's Club! The Jim Elder
Review will be rocking the House again.
Entertainment by Nancy Elder. Dance to
the Oldies, Classics and Soul. Music from 8
p.m. to midnight. Happy Hour 6 p.m. with
dinner at 6:45 p.m. Steak, salad, potato,
vegetable, roll and party favors. Tickets only
$25 per person. For reservations, call 863-
763-3378/863-484-0427. Okeechobee Shrine
Club, 1855 S.W 53rd Street, Hwy 78 West.

VFW to host Christmas Dinner
North VFW Post 4423, 300 N.W. 34th St.
will be hosting a Christmas dinner on Dec.
25th from 2 to 4 p.m.

VFW Post 9528 to host
New Year's Eve Party
Come and spend New Year's Eve with
us at VF.W Post #9528 in Buckhead Ridge,
Highway 78 West. Prime Rib dinner, baked
potato and salad bar for $12 from 5 until
8 p.m. There is no cover charge to enjoy
music by Johnny "B" with champagne and


party favors. Fireworks at midnight, a 50/50
drawing and more. Tickets are available in
advance and at the door.

Eagles host New Year's Eve bash
Come celebrate New Year's Eve with the
Fraternal Order of Eagles #4137 on Friday,
Dec. 31. Steak dinners served beginning at
5:30. Dinners include steak, baked potato,
salad, garlic bread and dessert all for $12.
Entertainment by Rick and Julie from 7 p.m.
until midnight. Finger foods, party favors
and breakfast provided by Ladies Auxiliary.
For further information or to reserve a table,
please call 863-763-2552. Proceeds to spon-
sor 2010-11 Snowball King and Queen and
to Eagle Charities.

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Report: bloody shirt thrown at Cop

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man has been arrested
and booked into the Okeechobee County Jail
after he reportedly threw a
blood-soaked T-shirt at the
face of a police officer.
Robert Curtis Joiner, 54,
S.E. Fourth St., was arrested
Tuesday, Dec. 21, on a fel-
ony charge of battery on a
law enforcement officer
and a misdemeanor charge
of disorderly intoxication. Robert Curtis
His bond was set at $5,500. Joiner
An arrest report by Of-
ficer Kelley Margerum of the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD) stated that
she came into contact with Joiner near his
home. She stated that he was having diffi-
culty maintaining his balance, was trying to
evade her and smelled of alcohol.
The officer also stated that he had a small

wound above his left eye and a large lacera-
tion to his right forearm. She said Joiner had
a white T-shirt wrapped around the cut and
that the shirt "... was soaked with blood."
Officer Margerum went on to state that
she requested an ambulance be sent to the
scene due to the severity of the wound on
Joiner's arm.
Officer Margerum, along with OCPD Lieu-
tenant Donald Hagan and Sergeant Justin
Bernst, tried to calm Joiner but he resisted
them to the point that he threw the blood-
soaked shirt at the face of Lt. Hagan. The
lieutenant was able to catch the shirt before
it made contact with his face. Because they
were dealing with a bleeding wound, all
three of the officers were wearing gloves.
At that point Joiner's left arm was hand-
cuffed to a belt loop on his pants and he was
placed in the ambulance and taken to Raul-
erson Hospital for treatment. The officer's
report does not state how Joiner injured his

Local man accused of selling pills

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man was arrested by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force after he
reportedly sold prescription drugs to a con-
fidential source.
Justin Howard Little, 19, N.W 45th Ter-
race, was arrested Monday, Dec. 20, and
charged with three felony counts of sale of a
controlled substance (oxycodone) and felo-
ny three counts of possession of a controlled
substance (oxycodone) with intent to sell.

S He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $30,000.
Jail records indicate that
he has been released on
A task force detective
said the unit received infor-
Justin Howard mation that Little had been
Little selling prescription pills.
A confidential source was
then utilized to buy oxycodone from Little on
at least two occasions, added the detective.

Woman accused of selling coke from home

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee woman is be-
ing held in the Okeechobee County
Jail under a $60,000 bond follow-
ing her arrest by the Okeechobee
Narcotics Task Force.
Erica J. McNeil, 39, N.E. Seventh
St., was arrested Monday, Dec. 20, E
on felony charges of sale of cocaine Erica J.
(two counts) and possession of co- McNeil
caine with intent to sell (two counts).
An arrest report by a task force detective

stated that a confidential source twice
purchased crack cocaine from Mc-
Neil. The report stated that the source
was given money to buy the cocaine
and was then monitored during the
After each buy, the suspected
crack cocaine was field tested and in-
dicated a positive result for the pres-
ence of cocaine, added the report.
The detective's report went on to
indicate that both of the alleged buys
were made in McNeil's home.

Okeechobee Arrest Report

The following individuals were arrested
on felony or driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
or the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Victor Valdes, 24, N.W 46th Ave.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 20 by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force on charg-
es of sale of cocaine and possession of co-
caine with intent to sell. His bond was set
at $30,000.
Christopher W Gordineer, 20, N.E.
103rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec.

21 by Deputy Brian Cross on a charge of
grand theft from a person over 65 years of
age. His bond was set at $2,500.
Frederick Gordineer III, 24, N.E. 103rd
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Dec. 21 by
Deputy Donnie Holmes on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with violation
of probation grand theft. He is being held
without bond.
This column lists arrests and not con-
victions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone
listed here who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed and printed.

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Health and safety expo

seeking local vendors

The Fourth Annual Okeechobee Family
Health and Safety Expo promoting health
and preventing chronic disease will be held
on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, from 9 a.m. to
2 p.m.
Local support is needed to make this
Expo bigger and better! Vendors are invited
to participate by setting up a vendor booth
or a display promoting health and safety for
the community to see.
The organizers would love to see par-
ticipation from everyone in the health and
safety field. Profit and nonprofit agencies
and organizations can offer free health

screenings, display items as they relate to
health and/or safety, demonstrations, etc.
The target audience will range from chil-
dren to senior citizens.
In January 2010, the event attracted
over 115 vendors and more than 2,000 par-
ticipants. This event is great opportunity to
share what you have to offer with the citi-
zens of Okeechobee!
For more information online see www. or call Sharon Vin-
son, Shared Services Network of Okeecho-
bee 863-462-5000 ext. 257.

Register for adult softball and

flag football winter leagues

Registration for Adult Softball and Adult
Flag Football is being conducted from
Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m.
and 5 p.m., at the Okeechobee Recreation
Department, 640 N.W 27th Lane (in the
Sports Complex).
All interested managers, players and of-
ficials are encouraged to attend an organi-
zational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at
the Civic Center. The softball meeting is at
6:30 p.m. and the flag football meeting is
at 7 p.m.

Participants must be 18 years or older to
participate. Team fees must be submitted
by the entry deadline. Checks can be made
payable to "B.O.C.C." (Board of County
Commissioners). Adult Softball (Co-ed
League Only) team fee is $325; Deadline
is Friday, Jan. 28. Adult Flag Football, team
fees are men -- $350; women -- $325. Dead-
line is Friday, Feb. 4. For more details, call
the Recreation Department at 863-763-

Is your bedroom 'sleep friendly'?

A good night's sleep is a cornerstone of
good health. It allows the body to regain
energy and the mind to relax. Sleep disor-
ders come in many varieties. Some keep you
from falling asleep (insomnia) while others
disrupt your body's ability to take advan-
tage of the benefits of sleep (sleep apnea).
Regardless of what it is that is keeping you
from getting proper rest, there are several
treatment options that can help. One that is
often overlooked can be instituted by you; it
doesn't require therapy or medication. This
overlooked option is setting up your bed-
room for proper sleep. It may sound basic or
even unimportant, but you would be wrong
to think either.
Proper planning and preparation pays
off with anything you do. Thinking out what
you are going to do in advance sets you up
for better results when you actually do some-
thing. This applies to sleep just as much as it
applies to planning a home remodeling proj-
ect. Your bedroom is your haven, it is where
you can go to relax and recharge. You should
definitely set up your sleep environment so
that it is conducive to rest. Even if you are
not having trouble sleeping, you may be
surprised about how much better you feel
if you follow some guidelines in preparing
your bedroom for sleep.
Tips to make your bedroom sleep friend-
ly include:
Set the temperature. It is recom-
mended that you sleep in a cool, but not
cold environment. While everyone's com-
fort level is different, 65 degrees is a sug-
gested temperature. Sleeping in either hot or
cold environments tends to wake people up
during the night, disrupting sleep patterns,
so find a comfortable medium.
Turn out the lights. Your room
should be dark. Our bodies are naturally in-

lined to associate sleeping with darkness.
Use this natural association to get a good
night's rest. Turn off lights, computer moni-
tors, televisions and anything else that puts
off unnecessary light. If outside light comes
in, put up curtains to block it out.
Keep it quiet. Some people prefer
background noise, they even feel it helps
them sleep. This is a common misunder-
standing. Noise serves to keep us awake
more often than it puts us to sleep. You
might stay awake longer watching television
or listening to the radio. You might also be
woken up in the middle of the night, think
about how television advertisements are
sometimes purposely transmitted at blaring
Make your bed. We don't mean that
you have to tuck your sheets in every morn-
ing. We mean that your bed should be com-
fortable for you. Choose bedding that is soft
and inviting, we like cotton. Also your mat-
tress should be to your liking. It should be
supportive but meet your personal prefer-
ences. If you sleep with a partner, make sure
that the mattress is big enough so that both
of you have room to move around.
Remember the bed is for sleep-
ing. Our beds are comfortable. As a result
we like to watch television or read in them.
This is a bad idea. If you want to do these
things in your bedroom, bring in a comfort-
able chair or other piece of furniture to sit
in. Better yet, read or watch television in an-
other room. The idea is to get your brain to
associate your bedroom and your bed itself
with sleeping. Once this link is made it will
be easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
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Okeechobee Christian Church hosts 'Journey to Bethlehem'

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Last weekend, Okeechobee Christian
Church invited area residents to step
back in time to the year that Jesus
Christ was born, with a 'Journey to

Special to the Okeechobee News
Shepherds, angels and one of the three kings honor the child in the manger at
Okeechobee Christian Church's presentation of a 'Journey to Bethlehem."

Special to the Okeechobee News
Boaz market was one of the stops on
the 'Journey to Bethlehem."

Special to the Okeechobee News
An inn keeper tells Mary and Joseph there is no room at the inn, but offers them
shelter in a nearby stable.

Jingle Bell Walk gets kids outside and in the holiday spirit
On Saturday, Dec. 4, parents, teachers, end and throughout the school year for their
and students of Everglades Elementary efforts. There are many prizes given such as
School united for fun and fitness in the sev- tokens, certificates, medals and trophies.
enth annual Jingle Bell Walk. Students can earn points by walking at
The sound of jingle bells filled the air school during P.E. classes as well as Satur-
as participants wore their jingle bells and day morning walks that are offered as extra
walked on top of the lock seven scenic trail. credit. On the first Saturday of each month
This festive event helps promote walking beginning in October and going through
and fitness as a lifetime activity. March, the Greater Gator Mileage Club holds
The Jingle Bell walk is part of a larger pro- a walk on the dike at Lock Seven. These
gram call the Greater Gator Mileage Club. Saturday morning walks are held from 8:30-
This programwas adapted byFitness Finders 9:30 p.m., and allow families to exercise
and is sponsored by Coach Forde and Coach as a family. Along with the holiday season,
LePenna, and retired coach ('07), Coach there are many treats and extra calories we
Ferneau. The Greater Gator Mileage Club get surrounded by everywhere we go. To Special to the Okeechobee News
encourages students to walk and exercise in combat this, the Greater Gator Mileage Club The Jingle Bell Walk was held Dec. 4 on the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail.
light of childhood obesity rates doubling in educates students to use walking as a way to
the last decade. Students are awarded at the become physically fit as a lifetime activity..

Guardian Ad Litem volunteers

make a Christmas wish come true

The Guardian Ad Litem program in
Okeechobee helped to make a foster child's
Christmas wish come true. A local child rep-
resented in the program asked for her own
saddle to use while riding the horses at her
new home. An effort to make this dream
come true was organized by a representa-
tive from Guardian Ad Litem. Teresa Chan-
dler and three other Okeechobee residents
stepped up and donated to the saddle proj-
ect. The saddle, head set and bridle was pur-
chased and will be presented to the child at
What a great feeling to know that this
community provided support to serve a
child in our area and make her Christmas
wish come true," says Keri Hughes, case co-
ordinator II supervisor.
Every day, abused and neglected children
in our community are removed from their
homes and placed in foster care because
their parents cannot, or will not, take care
of them. Guardian Ad Litem volunteers
advocate for these children in court. Each
volunteer advocate is specially trained to
be a powerful voice for the children's best
interest. They are ordinary people who do
extraordinary things for some of our com-
munity's most vulnerable children.

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by spending
time with the
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foster parents
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of classroom Bemebderfer are Case
training and Coordinators/Il Supervi-
two hours of sors.
court obser-
vation. They also receive yearly continuing
education. The organization has been serv-
ing for over 30 years in Martin, St. Lucie and
Okeechobee Counties. For more informa-
tion on how to become a volunteer, or do-
nate to the program, please contact Guard-
ian Ad Litem at 1-866-341-1425 or visit www.

Blaker Toy Caper 'Tis the season for giving

In honor of The Blaker Toy Caper's
third annual toy drive, The Rotary Club of
Okeechobee donated toys to My Aunt's
House. The Blaker Toy Caper's Drive was
held again this year in remembrance of Blake
Peirick, (son of Jeanette & Craig Miller), who
died on Nov. 1, 2008, at the age of 17. He
was a junior at OHS. His cousin, Taylor Prit-
chard, who was then the OHS Senior Class
president, originated the idea of doing a toy
drive to remember their many years of play-
ing together as kids. Taylor outgrew the toys,
but Blake never did and those who knew
him, knew his fondness of children and toys.
So the family asked that unwrapped toys be Special to the Okeechobee News/Jeanette
given in lieu of flowers at his memorial ser- Miller
vice and that was just the beginning. All the Rotarians Michael Costopoulous, as-
toys are donated to various organizations sistant district governor and Jeanette
that distribute them within the local com- Miller, secretary and Blake's mom.
munity to children in need.

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Buxton Funeral Home had a good lead going into the second round for the
Rec. 2 Division in the Okeechobee Recreation Department's fall men's soft-
ball league. A solid three wins later, they went home champions.

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ment's fall men's softball league. They came from behind to knock off the
undefeated team and win the championship title for Men's E Division. Back
(left to right): Raymond "Tiger" Gray, Bubba Harden, Jessie Ferrell, Leland
Schoonmaker, Adam Burks, John Kemp, Front: Phillip White, Jimbo Kemp,
JR Suarez, Jamie Tomlinson, Vidal Torres, Jared Ward and Adrian Rogers.

Don's Appliances went on a 5-game winning streak towards the end of the
season to clench the Rec 1 Division Title in the Okeechobee Recreation De-
partment's fall men's softball league. Back (left to right): Brian Ward, Har-
ry Tewksburry, Dustin Stokes, Brian Morgan, Neil Crawford, Roger Jones.
Front: Tim Higgins, Chris Loschiavo, Don Weir, Tucker Hargraves and Bud-
gie Daughertry.

Special to the Ukeechobee News
Morgan's Inc., defends championship title
Morgan's, Inc., finished the season with a 9-0-3 record in the 10 and under
division of the Okeechobee Parks and Recreation soccer league. On Dec.
18, the team tied 441 North Drive Thru for the second time to remain unde-
feated and capture its second consecutive league championship. Pictured
are: (back) coach Jeremy Morgan and Robert Holley; Second row (left to
right) Keith Morgan, Robert Padgett, Alani Garcia, Armando Garcia, David
Solorzano, Rece Smith, Caleb Throop and Kyle Morgan; Front row: Addison
Laskey, Mitchell Gaucin, Maria Pinon, Dylan Walker, Carter Kassella and Es-
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OHS boys basketball team beats Berean Christian
By Charles M. Murphy bee led 34-26 at the half and were able to and they had a big push at the end of the Okeechobee also did well with their pr
Okeechobee News survive six three-point baskets by the Bull- game. We had a chance to let it slip away sure defense. Coleman had a big slam du]

Tommy Jackson had 17 points and Alon-
zo Coleman added 15 points as Okeechobee
High School's boys basketball team won
their first game of the year, 61-59, in the con-
solation game of the Kennel Holiday Tourna-
ment in West Palm Beach Tuesday night.
The boy's hoops team also lost to Baron
Collier of Naples in the first round on Monday,
81-43. Against Berean Christian, Okeecho-

dogs (7-4). Jesse Thomas added 11 points
for Okeechobee (1-5). Deforest Shanks had
seven points and Tim Hirst added four points
for the Brahmans. Talyn Washington had a
game high 22 points and Alix Moise added
16 points for Berean Christian.
Brahman coach Bryan Van Camp said his
team held the lead for the entire game but
had to fight off several comeback attempts
by the Bulldogs, "They made several pushes

but we hung in there."
The Bulldogs hit two, three point baskets
in the final 45 minutes including one long
shot that was banged in off the back board.
Okeechobee made enough free throws
and were able to make some key rebounds
throughout the night.
"This might have been our best rebound-
ing night of the year. We made some big
time rebounds," he added.


as he grabbed a rebound off the rim in the
third quarter and slammed it down. The play
took a lot of the steam out of the partisan
home court crowd.
"It is a tough atmosphere. They definitely
have a home court advantage. We still had
a good cheering section. I felt the effort was
there for four quarters. We just played bas-
ketball," he added.


Bible Church of God
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3666 E. Hwy 70 Okeechobee
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Sunday School 9am
Sunday Worship 10am
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Prayer Service, Tues. & Thurs. 6:30pm 7:30pm
Nursery Available at All Services
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December 24 at 6 pm
Come and enjoy a beautiful evening.
Listen to a special
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Invite your friends
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You are welcome to come visit and
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Come and share in the word of God

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OHS soccer team beats John Carrol, 3-0 1

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Hunter Pritchard, Augustine Leon and
Brian Guerrero all scored goals in the first
half and Javier Lopez had a shutout in goal
in his first career start as Okeechobee sal-
vaged a match at their Holiday Tournament
Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over John
Carroll in high school boy's soccer action.
The Okeechobee High School Brahmans
peppered the net against the Rams in the
early going but like the sun, when it went
down, so did the Brahman offense.
Coach Lonnie Sears said the team needs
to work on being consistent from game to
game and it starts with energy and effort,
"I can't figure these guys out sometimes.
They're kids. They don't always bring their
A game. Sometimes they do, sometimes
they don't. Yesterday they didn't bring any
kind of game. I'm frustrated with this group
right now. We can still pull it together, it's
up to these kids and whether they want to
or not."
Okeechobee basically controlled the first
half. They had numerous shots on the Rams

net. Guerrero scored in front of the net after
a nice centering pass. Leon found a loose
ball near the net and kicked it in. Pritchard
scored on a one-on-one opportunity with
the goal keeper.
Midfielder Marcos Fonseca said he felt
the team did a great job of passing in the first
half. He said the defense was really strong
for the Brahmans.
"We didn't have our regular goal keeper
so we knew our defense would have to play
well. We played disciplined. We knew we
are a good team and we have to keep pos-
session of the ball," he said.
Okeechobee had a lull in the second half
on offense as they couldn't get good shots
on the net. John Carroll did a better job on
offense in the second half.
The Brahman keeper, Lopez, made sev-
eral difficult saves in the second half. Several
shots also hit the top of the Brahman goal
post and deflected out of bounds. Okeecho-
bee's best chance to score in the final 40
minutes resulted in a header that went over
the Rams net late in the second half.
Sears said his defense didn't play badly

and survived a number of lineup changes
due to injury, suspension or the holiday
"It was a frustrating week. I never know
what I'm going to get with this group. Lately R BAR ESTATES- BIG Bamnl
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high hopes for the 2011. "It is always a good (863) 63-1457
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and host it," he said. "We are peaking up ,
at the end. We just have to keep winning h .,

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Brian Guerrero #14, gets ready to take a shot on goal during Okeechobee's vic-
tory over John Carroll on Tuesday.

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CASE NO. 2010-CP-184
The name of the decedent the
designation of the court in which the
administration of this estate is pend-
ing, and the file number are indicat-
ed above. The address of the Court
is 312 NW 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Flonda 34972. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal representa-
tive and the personal
representative's attorney are indicat-
ed below.
If you have been served with a
copy of this notice and you have any
claim or demand against the dece-
dent's estate, even if that claim is
unmatured, contingent or liquidated,
you must file your claim with the
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons who have claims
or demands against decedent's es-
tate, including unmatured, contin-
gent or unliquidated claims, must file
their claims with the court WITHIN 3
The date of death of the decedent
is: December 6, 2010.
The date of first publication of this
Notice is December 24, 2010.
Personal Representative:
2295 Jenkins Road
Ft. Pierce, FL 34947
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
200 N.E. 4th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-8600
Fla. Bar No. 270441
374232 ON 12/24,31/2010

All I want for Christmas ...
Caysen Campbell, 5, was one of the many children who
visited with Santa in Flagler Park this week.
The annual event is sponsored by the Okeechobee
Kiwanis Club.

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Veterans' Park rehab
These three veterans -- (left to right) Dan Hunt, U.S.Marine Corps., Jim Byrd,
U.S. Army, and Paul Bramlett, U.S. Navy-spent two weeks landscaping and
overhauling the guns in Veterans' Park. Jake's Welding did some welding on
the guns and Marvin Brantley donated a seat for one of the guns. The men
then pressure cleaned and painted the weapons. American Legion Post 64
donated the paint.

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